Fly-half Mike Delany says Newcastle Falcons are looking to take control as they begin their pre-season match schedule against Nottingham on Saturday.
The 3pm kick-off at Darlington Mowden Park's arena precedes the visit of Doncaster (August 13) and the trip to Edinburgh (August 26) before the Falcons start their Aviva Premiership campaign at home to Sale Sharks on September 2.
Speaking to Falcons TV, Delany said: "We have had a good pre-season with no interruptions like last year with the Rugby World Cup. It has been intense, and now the boys are just looking forward to playing some games."
The former New Zealand All Black added: "For us it is just about controlling the controllables, getting some early momentum and sticking to our systems. That will enable us to control things, to do our jobs and be accountable. It's an exciting time for the boys."
Tickets for Saturday's game v Nottingham at Darlington Mowden Park are priced £10 adults and £5 juniors by calling 0871 226 6060. Tickets are also available in advance and on the day via Darlington Mowden Park.